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to a foot of the wind-driven heavy snow. still snowing in long island. along new york city, they had up to six to seven inches of snow as well as much of new jersey. and now locally on our radar, we had just a few areas of some flurries, a little bit of sleet activity, some sprinkles. that's pretty much ended, just getting a sprinkle here, northeastern maryland. south of salisbury getting a few flurries now, and temperatures are above freezing thankfully. but it is cold. upper 30s, wind gusting to around 15 miles an hour will increase during the afternoon, gusting 25 to 30 as we climb into the low 50s and we'll get some sunshine back during the afternoon. i'm back in ten minutes. first 4 traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. still watching on the accident as you travel northbound fairfax county parkway approaching the dulles toll road. this is closer to sunrise valley drive. the northbound lanes are blocked by a three-vehicle crash in that area. still seeing delays grow as you travel northbound on fairfax county parkway. i would skip it, avoid it and take reston parkw
. >> reporter: there were some signs of meaningful progress. in new york city, more train and subway service was added. all told, the electricity is back on for more than 4 million homes and businesses across the northeast. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: this evening, the lights came back on in new york's greenwich village, something worth celebrating. and all but two of atlantic city's casinos are back in business. what are the odds of that? but for many more, the misery inflicted by the monster storm feels like it is becoming permanent, homes destroyed, neighborhoods gone, a lifetime's investment wiped out. >> it is like you had a cute little home and now you have no place to stay. i mean, you don't have a home to live in. >> reporter: across new york, new jersey, and connecticut, recovery comes in many forms. for some, it is a full tank of gas. for others, it's when the lights go back on. and for one man in new jersey, it's seeing the utility truck arrive on his street. >> i looked outside and was -- felt like christmas. somebody delivering new telephone poles. this is the most happy feeling
and running as normal. >>> the new york city marathon will take place on sunday. the new york road runners announced they will be donating $1 million as part of the campaign to help victims of sandy. con on versy surrounding the race. some felt it was trivial or too much of a burden on police to hold the marathon. but new york road runners say running the race shows the city's resilience. >> if the decision made the decision to cancel this race, there would have been at least as great of con vo tro versy, because this has always been known as the greatest day in the life of the city. >> nearly 47,000 runners participated in last year's marathon, the organization says they are expected up to 20% fewer runners in this race because of sandy. people are still undecided about whether or not the road runners should continue with the race. a lot of people backing out. a lot of people from our area. >> the police department and mayor says this will not impact the police department and other agencies have to do with the rest of the city as a result the storm that's come through. at the same time, t
it this way, in new york city, people can't find gasoline, and some went to find food from dumpsters from the stores, because they have no power or water, and what they have is still good, although it needed to be thrown out. and since you're going to hear the memory of katrina invoked more and more in the coming days, like days. like katrina, three days like katrina, three days out, we're still learning about places receiving very little help and attention, like staten island, ann curry has more. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, that is right, the outrage boiled over here in staten island, because more than three days after the hurricane here, people from the close-knit community, accused them of responding much slower here than to the richer parts of the city. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> reporter: staten island has had enough. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here and we need help, immediately. >> reporter: residents here are asking why hasn't more help arrived? >> i think we're not getting more attention, because we are a wo
with talk on rails. >>> amtrak getting back up to speed between d.c. and new york city. amtrak's president hopes it will be able to resume service between new york and boston later today as well. rail system in talks to borrow trains from canada to provide more service to hard-hit parts of new jersey and new york. >>> in dominion, virginia, they have restored power to all those who lost electricity during sandy. but pg & e is still working to get the lights back on. 400 customers still without power right now. >>> dominion power virginia will help with sandy relief efforts elsewhere. 1,500 workers sent to new jersey to help get power back on for hundreds of thousands still in the dark. meagan mcgrath live at national harbor, where crews are prepping for their big mission. meagan, good morning. >> we're here in the parking lot of the gaylord hotel. the staging area here. you can see the power trucks behind me here. they are sending 1,500 crews to new jersey to help out with the power situation there. some are leaving today. right now, inside the hotel catching some sleep before they begin t
of new york city, transformed for the evening into democracy plaza. our nbc news election night headquarters. across this country today from the first light of day in montana, americans voted. they voted in temporary tents and by flashlight in the rockaways here in new york, where after all an entire region remains crippled and this will remain another cold, dark night for upwards of a million people. the first polls have already closed. more are closing in the next 30 minutes. people are still lining up to vote tonight in the state that may be the greatest prize of all, ohio. the candidates are spent after an exhaust iing campaign. now it all comes down to tonight. and just after midnight in keeping with a grand american tradition, the people of dixville notch, new hampshire cast the first votes in the nation and voted to a 5/5 tie. the first tie vote in that small town's history. we can only guess what that means for how late we'll be at this tonight. our team is in place all over the country and here in new york. we want to begin with our white house correspondent kristen wel
jersey area. more than 2 million people still without power, mostly in new york city's outer boroughs and the suburbs. and there's growing frustration over a shortage of gasoline and heat as people wait in line for hours to fill up cars. >> those long lines aside, many storm victims also dealing with uncertainty and anxiety as they try to piece their lives back together. dr. nancy snyderman will be here with advice on dealing with the stress caused by hurricane sandy. >>> and it was supposed to be race day for some 47,000 runners in the new york city marathon. the event, of course, canceled on friday, much to the disappointment of many of those who were supposed to run. we'll tell you how some of them plan to spend this it day running for a much different cause. >>> and if you are like many people you may be ready for the election to be over. believe it or not, though, from clint eastwood's chair to kids who are sick of the whole thing, there were a fair amount of funny moments during this campaign season and we'll have a fond look back at those. >>> we do begin with the northeaster h
of nation's busiest commuter train systems, suspended all of its service. new york city police urged resints to leave low lying neighborhoods. a lot of people, though, are staying behind because they're worried about looting. >> the snow is only adding to the misery for people who haven't had power or gas in 11 days because of sandy. the ripping winds, pounding surf and wet rain stunned people in oyster bay. that community is just one of many the on long island where power outages persist. some wonder if power will be restoer restored by thanksgiving. >> it's unbelievable to go from a hurricane to a nor'easter and driving in the snow in a week, same ten days. it's pretty unbelievable. >> utility companies are working around the clock to try to restore power and get the heat turned on as quickly as possible. >>> traveling by airplane is not easy as well there. are a new round of flight delays and cancellations. >> airlines cancelled at least 1,300 flights out of the new york area. megan, how bad is it? >> reporter: well, we're seeing about six cancellations right now up on the board. we're se
tomorrow's new york city marathon. people were outraged this week when bloomberg said the race would boost the economy and inspire the city to move on after the storm. now, though, the race that brings 40,000 runners to the street is off. much of the marathon would have gone through some of the hardest hit areas and the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. >> relief could be on the way for the gas shortage. the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons of fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by sandy. people in new york and new jersey are having major problems getting gas. many stations are closed because of damage or lack of power leading to long lines that stretch for miles to get a few stations -- get to a few station thas are open. dominion power crews from our area are in new jersey this morning. while the power could be back on for people in manhattan by the end of today in parts of new jersey restoring power is taking a bit longer. news 4's jim rosenthal reports from essex falls, new je
are in the new york city area, come on down. be sure to come down to democracy plaza in rockefeller center. look at that. it's gorgeous. >>> we're going to have major updates on the recovery efforts for those in hurricane sandy's path. >>> plus, one of the most accurate predictors dating back to 1900. it's precisely picked the winner over 89% of the time. that's coming up next. you're watching "early today." >>> at least 111 people now confirmed dead in the wake of hurricane sandy. power continues to be restored to millions after it went down one week ago. new york governor andrew cuomo says the fuel shortage that's led to long lines could go on for days, and he warned those taking mass transit this morning can expect a lot more company as people find other ways to go to work and students return to school. in new jersey, the odd-even licensing plate order remains in effect. many banks who waive fees say they'll extend those breaks until wednesday, and a massive crane dangling over a new york city high-rise has now been secured. and that means, people living and working near the site will finally
. should the new york marathon go on as planned as the city picks up the pieces left behind from sandy? craig melvin has the story from manhattan coming up. [ earnest ] out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage. gathered the guys and we built that 30-foot stage, not knowing what it was for. just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse. a group of people walked out on that stage and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are fired... i looked both ways, i looked at the crowd, and...we all just lost our jobs. we don't have an income. mitt romney made over 100 million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives. turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin, and it just made me sick. [ male announcer ] priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> and welcome back at 4:30, everyone. i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. they arrive after every major storm. unlicensed contractors trying to make a fast buck. >> after the destruction we saw from sandy,
. >> reporter: it's a nightmare in new york city for some. despite limited subway and mass transit service up and running, it's a super slow go and thousands have to commute by foot. >> walked across the brooklyn bridge. >> in manhattan hundreds of thousands still in the dark, some cold and starving. >> people are dumpster diving and what they are going after is the food. >> reporter: it may be days before the power is back. >> over 100,000 power lines on ground. >> reporter: across new york's long island power is out and patience is running out. >> i don't have the transportation out of here. >> reporter: in toms river, new jersey, a high school is now a shelter. in westwarck, connecticut, belongings remain strewn about. >> we need to get cleaned out. >> reporter: in west virginia the weight from sandy's heavy snow on monday has now collapsed roofs. the storm's wrath widespread and strong. >> no heat. we have no power. >> reporter: still, officials are encouraging. >> the good news is that there are a lot of people who want to help. >> reporter: but the grim reality, not so easy to swaggo, s
and flaring tempers. while across the river, the new york city marathon is cancelled after officials came under fire for planning to run a race as people here are struggling to survive. we've got it all covered live. three days and counting. president obama and governor romney make their final appearances in battleground states as we inch closer to election day. this morning, the results of our new polling in the states that just might decide this election. >>> and, welcome erica. say hello to the newest member of the "today" family, my new co-anchor erica hill. we can't wait for her to get started today, saturday november 3rd, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012. with lester holt and erica hill. live from democracy plaza. >>> and a big good morning to everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt here on democracy plaza, our home for nbc's election coverage, all the way through tuesday. but i am right now pleased to welcome my new co-host erica hill. great to have you here. before we get started, there is a bit of a tradition
back to normal. new york city schools set to open today. the subway is running at about 80% of its normal service. gas lines still on. new york governor andrew cuomo and new jersey governor chris christie have promised an end to the crisis this week. fema approved $158 million in individual disaster assistance. so far sandy has claimed 113 lives in this country. utility companies are still working to restore power to almost 2 million people. >>> even though the new york city marathon was cancelled ultimately, more than 1,000 participants decided to make a run to help those in need. runners delivered water, toilet paper, garbage bags, batteries, and ready to eat meals to victims of hurricane sandy. >> i'm glad that the run was cancelled and they were able to just lend a hand to folks in need. >> in new york, walmart and pepsi donated 11 tractor-trailers packed with things like clothes, food, and cleaning supplies. beer companies donating water. >>> amtrak service will be limited today between new york, washington, and boston because crews are still repairing the damage caused by san
and sent off to new york and new jersey. >>> the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2 point. >> petros: 7 million, so we're a million more customers have been restored from the height of the storm. >>> in connecticut, garbage is piling up on the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. back to new york, washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines to get on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today on removing a massive crane that's been dangling high above a mid town manhattan street. a lot of people are questioning the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon sunday. mayor michael bloomberg says it won't hurt storm relief efforts. and to lower manhattan where power may not come on until the weekend. our reporter from wnbc found an incredible sight near a supermarket. >> look how desperate it has got in this neighborhood. people a
trenton to new york city. they were able to get that one up. three of four train lines down as a result of power failure here. and once again, lines for gas are so long right now, personally, i had to wait 2 1/2 hours to get two miles yesterday to the lincoln tunnel, because you need to have four people in your car to get through the lincoln tunnel from jersey to manhattan, once again, live in newark at penn station. i'm harry chickma. >> new york city, newark, big destinations for amtrak. is amtrak able to run through penn station into new york yet? >> reporter: right now, we have not confirmed that. only dealing with the new jersey transit lines. i haven't heard anything about amtrak. not a good sign. needless to say, the city still is in turmoil with so much work to do, and the fact we have the northeast corridor train, a major improve, but commuters very disappointed. want to get back on the trains, back to work. no word on amtrak, but only one new jersey transit rail running this morning, back to you. >> harry chickma, back to you. >>> the coast guard has called off the search for
sandy. in addition to demolishing some homes, why gas lines may continue for many in new york city. >>> also, hundreds attend a vigil for four veterans killed in a tragic train accident in texas. hey, look! a shooting star! make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. >>> hundreds of homes in the new york city area damaged by hurricane sandy will be demolished soon, and debris from hundreds more already destroyed by the storm will be cleared away. mayor michael bloomberg announced today that gas rationing will continue through thanksgiving until this friday. meanwhile, medical teams are going door to door to make sure people get the care they need. >>> hundreds gather in midland, tex
a new york city police helicopter showing crews rescuing people from flooded homes. rescuers found 14 people alive. three others were dead. an off duty new york city police officer is among dead. he died while helping his seven family members to safety inside his flooded home. police say many of the people in that area tried to ride out the storm despite evacuation orders. >>> a developing situation in new jersey now. the coast guard believes a diesel spill has been contained after being brought on by hurricane sandy. storm damage sent more than 300,000 gallons of fuel into the water, separating new jersey from staten island. that water also leads to the atlantic. the diesel came from an oil tank facility in new jersey. 200 workers were brought on the scene to help contain the spill by putting boons in the water. >>> a candidate for west virginia state house is one of five people killed when a massive snowstorm from sandy swept over that state. 60-year-old john rose was killed by a falling tree as more than three feet of snow dumped on that state. the republican was running for a seat
. this is video from a new york city police helicopter showing crews rescuing people from flooded homes tuesday. rescuers found 14 people alive. three others were dead. a couple is also missing, but police say their car is gone, leading them to believe the two drove out. many people in that area tried to ride out the storm despite evacuation orders. >>> today, new york governor andrew cuomo declared a transportation emergency. here's why. subway tunnels are completely flooded out there. the army corps of engineers now bringing in pumping devices to get that water out. the company that runs the subway and bus system in new york city waived fees for today and tomorrow. however, not all subway lines are running because some stations and tunnels remain flooded. other stations are out of service because of lingering power outages. >>> we're getting a better look at the dangerous conditions when hurricane sandy hit. take a look at this dramatic video from firefighters. you can see the homes there engulfed in flames. firefighters had strong winds and the threat of rising water prevented them from batt
soon after sandy and a waste of valuable resources. >> the city of new york right now is talking about getting water out of the battery tunnel and preparing for a marathon. we're pulling bolds out of the water. you see the disconnect here? >> reporter: in some of the hardest hit communities like seaside heights just over this bridge, the water may be gone, but with residents still locked out, the anger is clearly rising. >> we've got -- nowhere else. talk to the press, the rest of the homeowners. >> the gas man is what we're scared of. gas mains are -- >> i don't care about a house. i rather care about your life. >> reporter: millions of lives forever changed by sandy. jay gray, nbc news, toms river, new jersey. >>> it's a double dose of disappointment for people looking for gasoline after the storm. drivers stuck in line for hours waiting to fill up. as jim rosenfield reports, some stations with plenty of fuel can't even sell it. >> reporter: with power still out here and so many other gas stations around many parts of new jerseyed and other parts of the tri-state, suddenly people are
and in new york city. still snowing hard on long island into new england. many places in connecticut have nearly a foot of heavy, wet snow. it has been wind-driven. for us, reagan national, we had a little bit of flurry and sleet activity from about 10:00 last night until 1:00, 2:00 this morning. now all of that has pretty much ended. although we still have a few scattered sprinkles in prince george's county. now it's changed back to some sprinkles. a few of those scattered spri s sprinkles will be with us the next few hours. well above freezing, as we anticipated that the impact would be very small for us. it's just in the upper 30s to 40 all across northern virginia into maryland. a few isolated spots have dipped down to near freezing. should not have any travel problems here locally this morning. just a few flurries this morning. cloudy still around noontime. during the afternoon, ought to get some breaks in the clouds. i'll be back in ten minutes. danella is here with a look at our very early morning traffic. >> volume very, very light. not seeing any accidents right now. but seeing
is up from philadelphia all the way towards new york city. not good for driving there. for us, take a look at the temperatures. 41 in the airport, that windchi windchill, 35 degrees. very cold out here right now. we are seeing light rain n northwest d.c. about a half hour ago. it was also coming down to pretty heavy sleet. your complete forecast coming up in just a minute. >> thanks, doug. >> the governor of new york fired his emergency management director. he apparently diverted crews to remove a tree that had fallen on his driveway in long island last week. this happened shortly after the storm ravaged new york city and crews were responding to thousands of calls all over the place. according to a state official, he wasn't even at home at the time. he was in albany, new york. >> president obama and his family are back at the white house tonight after that re-election vote last night. the obamas were all smiles as they stepped off air force one. before leaving chicago, the president stopped at his campaign head kwauquarters to w with republicans in congress. >> you e lelected us to
was going to say, it's more interesting to see it go down 34th street in new york city as opposed to through a parking lot in east rutherford, new jersey. >> it's fun to see up close because they're so huge. you wonder how do they make their way down that -- >> a lot of people holding on for dear life. >> exactly. >> that's usually how. >> can you forecast it for us? >> that's a little too far out. >> come on. >> it's wind dependent. i'm not going to do a wind forecast 12 days in advance for new york city. we'll narrow it down closer until the day before, then we'll let you know with more certainty. around here we finally turn the corner on our cold stretch of weather. 12 days in a row colder than average until today when we broke the streak. 65 for your high temperature this afternoon. i think we might be able to do a little bit better on your sunday. another nice looking night outside tonight. skies have gone mostly clear. we had an extra batch of cloud cover during the afternoon today. those clouds are now gone, and we're going to be partly to mostly clear for the rest of the overnight ho
. there are some signs of progress. the staten island ferry and 80% of the new york city subway system are up and running, and the u.s. department of agriculture is sending more than 1 million pounds of food to new york. >>> the world trade center memorial is reopening today. parts of the world trade center and a private entrance room for victims' families were ge damag by a four foot wall of water from sandy. a memorial spokesperson says the water has been pumped out and the damage has been fixed. >>> it is not going to be an easy day for voters, and election officials in new york city with so many areas without power, but officials are doing what they can. in at least one new jersey county, ballots were delivered to emergency shelters. governor cuomo signed an executive order that allows voters to cast emergency ballots at any open polling location. >>> voting rights advocates say robocalls are incorrectly telling voters they can cast ballots over the phone. and live callers making calls primarily to black ovoters. if you see a problem at the polls, we want to hear from you. call the tip li
holiday. new york city building flp fors have already examined 2,000 homes and 900 are tagged with that tag that says seemingly unsafe. >>> rescuers have found the body of a man floating in the water on friday. one of the four men who suffered burns in the fire is improving and is now in fair condition. another is in serious condition and two remain critical. >>> still ahead, as nbc "nightly news" continues, forget black friday, this year they want you to stop until you drop even before the turkey is digested. >>> and then later, a surprise visitor drops into the sights of hundreds of troops in afghanistan. year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes. but it never hurts to see if you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and check out the preventive benefits you get after the health care law. ♪ open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix i
>>> good morning. gridlock. three days after sandy getting in and out of new york city a nightmare. long lines at gas stations across the region as the death toll from the storm rises to at least 74 people. >>> and new images show its fury in connecticut and new jersey today, thursday, november 1st, 2012. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. the storm recovery is already beginning, but already mounting frustration among people over how long it's going to take. and i guess that's understandable. >> yeah, and it's going to take a while. that much is clear. not just here in the city, but across the northeast region. as we mentioned, gas has become a hot commodity, especially in storm-damaged parts of new jersey and long island. the traffic problems around new york city are so bad now, governor andrew cuomo has declared a transportation emergency. >>> couple of new regulations in place, for example, a minimum passenger mandate is in effect for cars that try to get on the island of manhattan. you have to have th
reaction tonight to the mayor's decision to cancel this weekend's new york city marathon. mayor bloomburg says he will not allow controversy over that event to impede recovery from sandy. >> jay grey has the latest now from atlantic city. >> reporter: four days later and, still, the fury of sandy is too much for some to bare. flood waters carried a boat into ester larubio's home. >> we need help here, we truly do. >> reporter: many simply aren't going anywhere. in some cases, pushing patience and emotions over the edge. but the difficulties, like the directi direction, stretched for miles along the atlantic coast. and hope is quickly fading, as well. >> we have bodies being removed up the block. we are devastated here. >> devastation that after days of controversy, ultimately, forced organizers to cancel the new york city marathon. >> the race had become a distraction. it had become a distraction for people who are working and trying to help people. >> help is beginning to show up by the truckload here, the basic necessities, like water, food and warm clothes. >> reporter: tonight, an all
from hurricane sandy. there are shelters open in new york city and the suburbs. the city is also handing out thousands of blankets to people who refuse to leave their homes, but mayor michael bloomberg says they could need up to 40,000 shelter spots for people. the gas shortage could continue for days. northern new jersey is on day two of a rationing program. only drivers with license plates ending in even numbers could fill up today. >> probably keep people sitting out there for three hours at a time. i don't think it's going to hurt anything too bad. >> and, of course, today was going to be the day of the new york city marathon before city leaders called off the race on friday. thousands of runners ran anyway inside central park. others went to staten island handing out supplies. many were still wearing race numbers. >>> word tonight from amtrak that service will be limited tomorrow between washington, new york, and boston. amtrak is telling passengers to make reservations by telephone or online to avoid sold-out trains and long lines at ticket counters. crews are still repairi
shortly after sandy ravaged new york city and crews were responding to thousands of calls. kerr apparently wasn't even home at the time. he was in albany. >>> no major concern about rhett roadways around our area. 41 degrees to get things started. tom kierein is here with our forecast. >> all i've got to say is whew, what a good thing it missed us. it's still spinning just south of nantucket. it's kind of slowing down and stalling out. actually, just in the last couple radar updates, looks like it may be drifting a little to the northwest. it has been pounding new jersey, new york, most of new england with heavy snow. many locations in connecticut have had ten, 11, 12 inches of snow, wind-driven with 60-mile-an-hour winds, and now thankfully the snow has ended. eastern long island and up into new england, they're still getting bands of heavy snow, that stretches all the way up into maine and eastern canada. this storm system is looking like a hurricane spinning away here. here's nantucket. it's just south of nantucket in martha's vineyard. there's cape cod. it does look like it may be tryi
york, has announced that officials in new york have canceled the new york city marathon. a lot of controversy there. >> you wondered how they were going to do that considering all the devastation and -- there was a bit of a what were they thinking. so the good news is they have rethought it and they are canceling it now. >> great move. >> and we have a weekend to recover a bit, and then what on earth is coming at us? >> and that's really the question. we've got another coastal storm that's going to make its way our way. this will not be a hurricane. this will most likely not even be a very strong storm for our region normally. but we're not talking about normal times here after we've just had super storm sandy. let's have a look and show you what we're doing out there right now. you can see the cloud cover continuing across the region. we've seen nothing but cloud cover just about all day long. we started with some sunshine, but in this type of a pattern sunshine actually helps to bring the clouds back in. i'll talk about that too in just a minute. 51 degrees the current temper
and that was the ferry. the line spanned for nearly half a mile as people were trying to get into new york city to work. no doubt about it, hoboken is struggling, but they are making progress. and one other sign of good news, yesterday when we did our show, there was three feet of flooding on one street and now that flooding is gone, so it is receding slowly but surely. we are live in hoboken. back to you. >> i know the focus has been on the rescue effort here, but i've got to wonder if the leaders there in hoboken anticipated on any level that they would have flooding of this sort before they had to rescue so many people. >> reporter: very good question. well, i spoke with the mayor in an exclusive interview here on nbc yesterday, and she was kind of trying to explain exactly what precautions they were trying to take, but unfortunately, no one has ever seen a storm like this before in this area of new jersey and new york city. so while many people did evacuate and the mayor and the governor did call for evacuation, people just weren't expecting it, and that's really the problem. the whole infrastructu
tomorrow's new york city marathon. people were outraged this week when bloomberg said the race would be a boost for the economy and inspire the city to move on after the storm. now though the race that brings 40,000 runners through some of the most damaged parts of the city is off. the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. countless drivers meanwhile have had to sit in long lines just to fill up their gas tanks. new jersey's governor chris christie has ordered gas rationing based on your license plate number. meantime, the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons of fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by sandy. many stations are closed because of damage or lack of power leading to lines that stretch for miles to get to the few stations that are open. >>> stay with news 4 and nbc washington.com for the latest on hurricane sandy's impact and remember to help the storm victims you can go to red cross.org or call 1-800-help now and also text the word red cross to 90999 to make a $10 donatio
has died of injuries from a fall as sandy hit new york, bringing the city's death toll to 43. janet napolitano visited with disaster relief workers in new york, reaffirming her commitment to be with those in need for the duration. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is bill karins. very good morning to you. >> you have a good weekend? >> i did. it was nonexistent. it's coming up, actually. >> i understand that. some of us work weekends every now and then. here's what we're looking at today. big temperature contrast across the country. not going to have any devastating storms, but we will see a change of weather. the mild air still exists on the eastern seaboard after a beautiful sunday and a cold blast of air is coming down from the northern plains and sweeping across the country. ahead of this, a front. we have a large area of rain that went through chicago last night during that football game and it continues here to push through memphis and now eventually towards the nashville area. you can see a few lightning strikes here through central mississippi an
. >>> the other long lines we're seeing are the ones for gas. >> and just outside new york city, in manacay, new jersey, jim rosenfield is there for how long people are waiting to fuel up. >> reporter: it's a lonely job these days for manager muhammad edris in his station. open for business, but with no juice, it's no go at the pumps. >> we have no gas, nothing, you know. nothing inside the store business. completely shut down since monday at 6:00 p.m. >> reporter: just down the road on route 46 -- >> this is for my generator. just enough to keep my refrigerator going, and a couple of appliances here and there that i might need. >> reporter: plenty of company at this hess station. this line in fort lee, about 45-minute wait. and that's not bad, if you look around elsewhere, the lines are a lot longer. this station here is pumping gas, because it has a generator. how long you been waiting? >> this is my second trip. i was here earlier this morning to fill up my pickup truck and get gas for the generator. and i'm here right now, probably about 20, 25 minutes. >> reporter: you're on e, pal. >> yeah
is that a big event scheduled for this weekend, the new york city marathon, has been canceled. nbc's jay gray is in atlantic city now with more on that breaking news and recovery from the storm efforts. jim? >> reporter: hey there, jim. yeah, after a couple of days of controversy mayor bloomberg reversing his decision and canceling the marathon late today, making sure all the resources are focused on the recovery. you can see what's left of the boardwalk behind me in atlantic city. this is not the world famous boardwalk but another around this city. it's gone now. it's been wiped away. and others still trying to recover up and down the coast. heavy equipment helps to steer the difficult recovery. power lines are going back up. but many places are still overmatched by the devastation sandy left behind. >> this is well beyond what any of us ever imagined. >> reporter: the long road to recovery now literally lined with hundreds of thousands struggling to survive. the line stretched for blocks if you're lucky but more often for miles. people waiting in traffic or for a ride on the limited public
is in the small peninsula community of seabright, new jersey, not far from new york city to the south along the jersey shore. >> reporter: good evening, brian, you don't see this often, there is accumulation and flooding, here in the town of seabright, we have the ocean in front of me, the river behind me. it floods during nor'easters and got hit hard by hurricane sandy. you can see that in the buildings behind me. now, this town along with the rest of coastal new jersey is wondering what they will wake up to. ten days after hurricane sandy ripped apart the jersey shore, towns are scrambling to prepare for the first major winter storm, and restore the battered coastline. the weather channel's mike seidel this morning? here at point pleasant beach, they spent the morning bringing sand out to the beach, building a dune that is twice as high but not as wide, as the one wiped out by hurricane sandy. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie warned this hurricane could stall the restoration efforts. >> i hate setbacks, i don't tolerate them well, but this one i can't control. the weather i
of people waiting tonight for power, for trains, planes, and now for gas. and just outside new york city, in moonachi, new jersey, homeowners are taking a hit in the aftermath. people are trying to fuel up. jim? >> reporter: doreen, food, water, shelter, and gas, as you mentioned. basic necessities. now so hard to come for by so many. this station is still boarded up because it has no power. suddenly people are having to devote hours in pursuit of a fillup. it's a lonely job these days for manager muhammad edris. in his darkened fort lee luck oil station. >> no, we don't have gas. >> reporter: open for business, but with no juice, it's no go at the pumps. >> we have no gas, nothing. nothing inside the store business. so completely shut down since monday at 6:00 p.m. >> reporter: just down the road on route 46 -- >> this is for my generator. just enough to keep my refrigerator going, and a couple of appliances here and there that i might need. >> reporter: plenty of company at this hess station. here in fort lee, this line, about 45-minute wait. and that's not bad. if you look around else
of them. i don't know, 20, 30. >> reporter: and a new rule that limits cars coming into new york city to only those with at least three passengers caused miles of incredible back-up at checkpoints. there is some good news. partial subway service was restored and the army corps of engineers is helping to empty a number of still-flooded tunnels. how much water are we talking about that you're going to need to pump out? >> our estimates right this point in time are 300 million to 400 million gallons of water. >> reporter: one silver lining from sandy, the floodwaters killed at least a few of the millions of rats that have been the menace of subway stations. but drinking water remains unsafe in many communities. floodwaters filled with a toxic brew of raw sewage and chemicals are making clean-up even harder. >> insurance companies are telling us to empty our houses out, to clean the stuff and leave it in our property. but is it safe for us to breathe in that stuff? it's all toxic. it's raw sewage. >> reporter: in coney island, the new york aquarium remains flooded. staffers are pumping th
for vote erds and election officials in new york city with so many areas still without power because of sandy. officials are doing what they can, and at least one new jersey county, ballots were delivered to emergency shelters. governor andrew cuomo signed an executive order that allows voters to cast provisional ballots at any open polling location. >>> the world trade center memorial is reopening today. the visitors center and a private entrance room for victims' families were damaged by water from sandy. some areas are still under constructi construction. a memorial spokesperson says the water has been pumped out and the damage is fixed. >>> eight days after sandy devastated seaside communities in new jersey, one of them is asking residents to leave their homes again because of the upcoming nor'easter. brick, new jersey, issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in low lying areas. the community will get more than an inch of rain and wind gusts as strong as 55 miles per hour. about 75,000 people live there. as of last night, utility companies were still working to restore
an outpouring of suffering and rage, new york city cancels the marathon. >>> boiling point in one of the areas hardest hit by this storm. and the long lines for gas, some relief is on the way. >>> four days to go in the race for president. and tonight there is news the jobs front. and a big priority for voters n >>> and making a difference, step by step, 21 stories in the dark, one woman's mission to help those in need. nightly news begins now. the dark, one woman's mission to help those in need. >>> good evening, an entire region remains crippled and hurting tonight, life is far from normal for millions of people, including those in the most densely populated areas in the country, heading into the fifth night with no power, the death toll went over 100. while today in the air, we could see the first signs that the calvary is coming, vehicles, pallets, arriving in new york city, all day today, on top of the anger for those who have not received help yet, there was disbelief that the city of new york was going through with the marathon on sunday, a race to go through all five boroughs, in some
in new york city and long island, a new system of rationing will start this morning. drivers will be able to buy gas on alternate days according to license plate numbers. the odd-even fueling system is similar to the one being enforced in new jersey. >>> plans are under way for a huge concert in new york city to help those affected by hurricane sandy. the event at madison square garden is dubbed 12-12-12 because it falls on september 12th this year. it's being used by the same company who does the 9/11 benefit. that same company had big names like paul mccartney, jay-z. >>> meanwhile, people around washington are working to help victims of hurricane sandy as well. st. paul apostle in silver spring is just one of many places collecting clothes, food, cleaning supplies, and money for storm victims. today all of the donations will be packed up on a truck to be taken to new jersey this weekend. >>> metro taking advantage of the long veterans day weekend to get work done on three lines. on the orange line, buses will replace trains between east falls church and clarendon. same thing between gr
accountability. >> reporter: even those whose job it is to heal need help. new york city will spend $4 billion to repair four hospitals and the schools damaged by the storm. today the city opened one stop recovery centers where victims can do everything from applying for aide to getting medical attention. >> many customers have been without power for a long time. rather than complain about it or write about it, we're trying to do something about it. >> reporter: the brooklyn battery tunnel is swamped with sea water finally reopened this afternoon. like the city itself, this 80 foot tall norway spruce, destined to delight millions of spectators athe rockefeller center is a survivor of sandy. it will be a symbol of holiday cheer and so much more. in new jersey tonight 5,000 customers remain without power. but today, that state ended its gas rationing program. here in staten island and throughout new york city. gas rationing remains in effect because only 60% of the city's gas stations are open. brian? >> anne thompson on staten island. one of the places where the suffering continues. anne, thank
water in my house. >> that's horrible. in new york the desperate race to get america's biggest city back up and running continues. water is being pumped out of the subway system. officials in new york and connecticut say the subway rail system that millions depend on will start returning today though on a very limited basis. >>> and it is an amazing but eerie sight. much of the skyline of lower manhattan remains dark as the city enters the fourth day of a massive power outage. the flooding crisis from sandy goes beyond the east coast. these are pictures from cleveland, ohio, as the cuyahoga river deals with too much rain. and many residents on the new jersey shore say they plan to prepare and rebuild after the devastation from sandy as help slowly begins to arrive. nbc's danielle leigh is in toms river, new jersey, just one of the many places where people are waiting eagerly. good morning to you, danielle. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. and the society is still cut off from those popular summertime vacation spots along the jersey shore. they sit there in utter devastation. all along th
as the rain will be long gone. i-95, between washington, baltimore, trenton, new york city, even lower portions of the hudson valley and new england, the rain is moving in. this shield of light rain. nothing too intense with it but just enough that you will need the windshield wipers. a wider view shows it goes into the the adirondacks, new hampshire, vermont. the forecast is going to call for that front to kick off the east coast during the day today. temperatures will plummet as a warm, beautiful day yesterday. the cold air in the heart of the country will spill to the east coast. no big storms behind this. we're really dealing with temperatures that are chilly from minneapolis to denver. with sunshine, it will be pretty manageable. 40 in chicago, 55 in kansas city, not bad in texas. as i mentioned on the east coast, rain this morning and this afternoon looks okay. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the rain outside your window. cincinnati, ohio, brisk, cold this morning, 44 this afternoon. that's better than what you dealt with yesterday with the rain for
for gasoline. now new york city and long island officials are following new jersey's lead with fuel rationing. meanwhile, buyer be wear if you're in the market for a new or used car in the following years. >>> just like in hurricane's past, sandy left behind lots of soaked and sand-filled cars. >> the estimate is that there's at least 16,000 new cars that were damaged and up to 250,000 used cars. >> reporter: and guess where they thought they will end up. >> put-back in the market. >> reporter: so what do you do? >> the number one thing for anybody looking to buy a used car is to pull a vehicle history report. >> reporter: also let a mechanic you trust take a look at it or at the very least inspect the car yourself and include a smell test. >> the odor because when a car sits in standing water, particularly in saltwater, that car will take on a smell that's very difficult to get rid of. >> reporter: look for debris or waterlines inside the car, the trunk, and engine compartment. dingy headlights and taillights could be a hint that the car's been underwater. plus, keep in mind that there's not
pledged to new york city. some of them inspired by phyllis' story. you touched a lot of people the last time we spoke. a lot of people saw you on television. and a lot of people said that you are one of the big reasons why they donated. >> everybody -- you're home is the place you love, your home is where your family is, you build memories there, you build a life there. and that's what ripped my heart apart, you know. because i loved my home that much. >> reporter: people were especially touched when you talked about your mother's wedding photo. >> my mother was my best friend. and as despaired as you are at the loss of everything, you find one thing that means something, you know? it's like you got something back. you got something back. out of all the devastation. it helps take away that, that helpless, empty feeling you have. you know? >> those houses are gone. >> reporter: this aerial shot was taken right after sandy struck. the flooded lot is where phyllis' house had been. after the water receded she showed us what is left. how many times have you come down here since the storm? >>
giving out free gas in new york city and long island mostly to emergency responders. there was confusion and more frustration in new jersey where they're still rationing fuel. some good news, about 80% of new york's subway system is back up and running. and four more new jersey transit rail lines will be open tomorrow. nationwide sandy has killed 111 people, and more than 2 million are still without power. >>> news 4's jim rosenfield has been on assignment all week for us in the new jersey/new york area covering sandy's impact. today he spoke to a man on staten island, new york. who says he's lucky to be alive after barely escaping the flooding caused by the storm. the stuff that once made up a home now in a heap in parts of staten island. >> we have nothing. >> reporter: kelly and her husband scott wait outside their battered home. >> you've been sitting on the stoop for how long waiting? >> about two and a half hours. >> waiting hours for an appointment with fema to survey the damage here. a wait ackerman doesn't mind. >> i'm just happy i survived this. i'm very grateful to be alive ri
in the new york area and that area around new york city. president obama saw the damage on the jersey shore. during the tour, the president pledged support along the long haul. >> sandy brought flooding and now it's causing gridlock. this is the long back up of cars trying to get into the city this morning. drivers had to go through a police check point and prove they had three people in the car. it was encouraged to encourage car pooling. >>> closer to home, martin o'malley got a firsthand look at the impact of sandy on the eastern shore. he stopped in a bayside home yesterday. they toured flooded roads and houses. they looked at the damage to the town's water which is a hub for crabbing and the town's economic lifeline. >> out of this loss and out of this damage, we can build it better and stronger and to with stand the bigger storm events we are going to deal with for the forseeable future. >> o'malley visited residents in a shelter and went to ocean city to see the flooding and damage to the town's iconic pier. >> turning to the weather, rain falling in areas, a bit of a drizzle. >> a l
of what it was like in new york city just as sandy made land fall. the port authority just released this surveillance video of water gushing into the some of the busiest subway stations. the water sent 20 foot waves slamming into manhattan, seriously damaging the city's 8 100-year-old subway. >>> you are just one day away from being able to cruise by traffic. the express lanes open tomorrow. they'll run between springfield and the dulles toll road. here's the promise. you'll be able to go at least 45 miles per hour even at rush hour, and that is thanks to varying tolls that change based on congestion and could cost as much as $1 a mile. you'll need an ez pass to ride the lanes, and you can avoid the toll by getting an ez pass flex and car pooling with three or more people. the lane is open to one special driver today. santa will ride the lanes in a tesla roadster convertible on his way to his workshop at tyson's corner. >>> soon you'll be able to find out about delays on metro as you are entering the station. the transit agency is installing flat screen displays at the entrances to
'll remain in place in new york. fema has approved 4$450 million in aid for sandy victims, so far. but new york city alone is expected to see billions in disaster fund. nearly 60,000 homes and businesses in long island still don't have power. >> up next, the voice of elmo taking a break from sesame street to fight allegations of teen sex. >> the four things you should avoid he grew up in maryland and has been playing elmo since the '80s. the accuser is 24 years old now. in a statement admitted to nbc news, clash admitted to it but said it was between two consenting adults. >> a lot of people have a strategy when it comes to holiday shopping and it often includes a trip to elton. >> doreen, when we hear outlet malls, most of us think discount. but that's not always the case. the outlet deals and the outlet don'ts. >> typically, i'm looking for bargains on designer items. >> i just love to get high-end goods for a really cheap price. >> reporter: but is the price you pay at the outlet really a deal? >> usual always do research. >> reporter: first rule, don't presume you're always getting top
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